TALE OF THE TAPE

Worse Draft Pick: Jonny Flynn Or Dimitrius Underwood?

Jonny Flynn
Dimitrius Underwood
Jonny Flynn, Minnesota Timberwolves
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Minnesota Career
Jonny Flynn had a standout career in two basketball seasons at Syracuse before being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 6 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He had moments in his first season and was even selected to the All-Rookie Second Team, but after having hip surgery in 2010 was never the same.
Winner Dimitrius Underwood was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 29th pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. After signing his rookie contract, he went to training camp in Mankato for one day and never returned -- a bizarre story. He left Minnesota, saying he couldn't resolve a conflict between football and his faith. The Vikings released him, and he never played an official snap for Minnesota.
Value
Winner After being drafted by the Timberwolves in 2009, Jonny Flynn made $2.9 million in his rookie season and $3.1 million in his second year before being traded.
Dimitrius Underwood was drafted the same year as quarterback Daunte Culpepper and signed a $5.3 million contract before leaving the Vikings.
Move After Minnesota
After two average seasons with the Timberwolves, Jonny Flynn was traded to the Houston Rockets. He was also traded in 2012 to the Portland Trail Blazers and signed later that year as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons. Flynn has also made stops in the NBA D-League and the ABA.
Winner After being released by the Vikings, 23 teams passed on Underwood before the Miami Dolphins claimed him on waivers. He got injured after playing in one preseason game. In two NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Underwood had 21 tackles in 19 games.
Draft Rank
Timberwolves fans are left with a bitter taste in their mouths after General Manager David Kahn made one of the worst choices in franchise history taking Flynn. Steph Curry, one of the best pure shooters and scores in the NBA right now, was still available at the time but Kahn passed on him. Also taken right before Flynn was Ricky Rubio, now the team's point guard who has had an up-and-down career himself.
Winner In a league where first-round picks are coveted, Dimitrius Underwood is easily one of the worst choices in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. He also suffered from legal and mental issues off the field and the Vikings clearly missed warnings from his college coaching staff that he was unstable. A national football expert in 2007 said it was "arguably the dumbest pick ever made in the first round." It's that kind of pick that should get a general manager fired.

The Winner Is

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Winner Dimitrius Underwood
3 out of 4

Between these two, the undeniable winner for the worse draft pick is Dimitrius Underwood. He never officially played for the Vikings and while Jonny Flynn was inconsistent with the Timberwolves, he at least got on the court. The worst pick in Timberwolves history has to be Ndudi Ebi, taken out of high school, who played in just 19 games over 2 NBA seasons. So while Flynn was a big disappointment in Minnesota, Underwood was a complete failure.

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